Apple has just released the iOS 4.2 Beta Software Update for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod touch 4G and is available for download. If you have a membership of the iPhone Developer Standard or Enterprise Program, you can download iOS 4.2 beta firmware for iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPod Touch 2G and 3G now!
Features of iOS 4.2 Software Update
Features like wireless printing, AirPlay and Airtunes will also be available.In Wireless printing, Print Center appears with the number of print jobs in the multitasking tray. With AirPlay [previously AirTunes] you can listen to music from all over your house from your mobile device. Apart from it, you can even stream all kinds of media anywhere in your house. Amazing feature! Isn’t?
According to Apple’s press release, AirPrint automatically locate printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. The printer manufacturers need to build AirPrint support into their printers as available with HP’s ePrint enabled printers – such as the HP Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series.
Here is the list of compatible printers with which you can test the AirPrint function:
- HP Photosmart Premium e-Fax All-in-One Printer – C410
- HP Photosmart Premium-All-in-One Printer series – C310
- HP Photosmart All-in-Plus-One Printer series – B210
iOS 4.2 software update works with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G and it is important to note that all features are not compatible with all iDevices. For example, multitasking is available only with iPhone 4, iPad and iPhone 3GS. If you want to install iOS 4.1 on your iPhone then use the following link to download and install iPhone OS 4.1 firmware.
Download iOS 4.2 Beta and SDK for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
iOS 4.2 and SDK or http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EV79Z6MF
[Update 1]: Developers who plan to test iOS 4.2 beta must also be running the latest beta of Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.5, to ensure compatibility with AirPrint wireless printing.
[Update 2]: iOS 4.2 provides you with an ability to import .ics calendar files directly for events.
[Update 3]: Apple has changed the functionality of the external rotation toggle – it’s a mute switch now. If you want to lock rotation, use the multitasking bar. [via Macstories]
[Update 4]: This iOS 4.2 update, which will also allow Fast App Switching “multitasking” on the iPad for the first time, will be free to all iPad users.
[Update 5]: iOS 4.2 AirPrint wireless printing for iPhone 3G owners does not work. According to Apple Printing is available only on iOS devices that support multitasking.
[Update 6]: Personal SMS tones: In addition to personalized ring tones, iOS 4.2 now offers the possibility setting the different SMS tones to different contacts.
[Update 7]:New fonts for the note-App: In addition to “Helvetica”, “Marker Felt” and “Chalkboard” fonts are available now for writing notes.
[Update 8] : iOS 4.2 Features – Video Walkthrough
[Update 9]: Voice: a new icon, new processing options and a selection of fresh labeling options to evaluate the application to record voice.